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For all scholarships listed below, applicants must be enrolled or intending to enrol for the first time for first-year (100-level), full-time, degree-level, undergraduate study at the University.

Entrance Scholarships opening 1 November 2017

Alumni Appeal

These scholarships have a standard value of $6,000 for one year and are for academically strong students who face significant financial and life challenges in attending university.

Alumni in America Inc.

These scholarships have a standard value of $6,000 for one year and are for academically strong students who face significant financial and life challenges in attending university.

Alumni in America Inc. Rugby Performance

With a value of up to $16,000 over three years, these scholarships are available to academically strong students with demonstrated high-level ability in rugby.

Law Alumni

The Law scholarships, with a standard value of $6,000, are offered to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need.

71-73 Alumni

Supported by Mr Frank Leong who has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Otago. Mr Leong’s aim is to support students undertaking their first year studies at the University of Otago who have shown tenacity in their learning but may not have achieved academic excellence.

Callis Trust Performance

To encourage excellence in areas of performance including sport, culture, music and the arts, these scholarships with a standard value of $6,000 are available to academically-able students with demonstrated high-level ability in their chosen area of performance.

Donna-Rose McKay

Supported by the donations of Otago graduates, these $6,000 scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need arising from a disability. Students with an existing significant disability of at least six months duration are eligible to apply. Academically, NCEA Level 2 with an overall merit commendation, or equivalent, is usually required for consideration.

New Frontiers

For students who do not have another University of Otago Entrance Scholarship (except the Dux Scholarship), these scholarships are available to students enrolling for bachelors degrees in Applied Science, Arts, Commerce, Law, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Science, Social Work, Surveying and Teaching. They are guaranteed to those who secure an Excellence endorsement at NCEA Level Two and/or Three (or equivalent) enrolling for the degrees mentioned above. This scholarship is not available to students enrolling for Health Sciences First Year. These scholarships are valued at $2,500 and $5,000.

Applications for this scholarship are open until 4 March 2018.

Entrance Scholarships which do not have an application

Dux

Students who were Duxes of their New Zealand secondary school have an automatic entitlement to the University of Otago Dux Scholarship, although the value of the scholarship depends on whether they are awarded another University of Otago Entrance Scholarship.

For those without another University of Otago Entrance Scholarship, the Dux Scholarship is valued at $6,000.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship was established by the University of Otago in 2015 to celebrate the excellence of students enrolling at the University of Otago. No application can be made, and selection of recipients will be at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor.

This scholarship may be held concurrently with other scholarships where specifically permitted in the offer of scholarship letter.

The following Entrance Scholarships are CLOSED for study in 2018

Academic Excellence

Worth around $40,000 over three years (tuition fees and Residential College accommodation fees in first year, and $10,000 in second and third years), are primarily selected on the basis of outstanding previous academic performance, however leadership qualities and community involvement are also considered.

Leaders of Tomorrow

These scholarships have a standard value of $6,000 and are selected based on a balance of academic achievement and leadership, which are usually demonstrated through school, sporting or cultural activities, and/or community involvement. Recipients of the Otago Daily Times Class Act normally have an automatic entitlement to this scholarship.

For applicants of exceptional calibre, this scholarship may be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.

Māori and Pacific Peoples'

Students who are Māori and/or of indigenous Pacific descent are eligible to apply for these scholarships that have a standard value of $10,000, and are selected based on academic ability and community involvement. Some consideration may also be given to the life circumstances of applicants when making selections.

For applicants of exceptional calibre, this scholarship may be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.

Alumni

These scholarships have a standard value of $6,000 for one year and are for academically strong students who face significant financial and life challenges in attending university.

For applicants of exceptional calibre, this scholarship may be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure, and will be considered for the University of Otago R & E Seelye Trust Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship valued at $45,000 (up to $25,000 for tuition fees and Residential College accommodation fees in first year, and $10,000 in second and third years).

Donna-Rose McKay

Supported by the donations of Otago graduates, these $6,000 scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need arising from a disability. Students with an existing significant disability of at least six months duration are eligible to apply. Academically, NCEA Level 2 with an overall merit commendation, or equivalent, is usually required for consideration.

For applicants of exceptional calibre, this scholarship may be awarded at a higher value and a longer tenure.

Performance

These scholarships have a standard value of $16,000 over three years, available to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who are at an elite level for their chosen sport or cultural discipline.

For applicants of exceptional calibre, this scholarship may be awarded at a higher value in year one.

Undergraduate Scholarships

There are more scholarships available for undergraduate study which can be found using the "search for a scholarship" on this page.

How to apply for the University of Otago Entrance Scholarships

You will need to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago before you can access the Entrance Scholarships online application.

More details on the Entrance Scholarships application process can be found here.

Contact us

Your question may be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions. If not, please email:
entrance.scholarships@otago.ac.nz

If you have a University of Otago student identification number, please include this in your email.